Grand juries tap 'Scenes,' 'Balloons'
Documentaries “Scenes of a Crime” and “Girl with Black Balloons” took home grand jury prizes at Gotham’s second annual DOC NYC fest.Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh’s “Crime,” about a disputed confession in a New York child murder case, won the grand jury kudo in the Viewfinders category, focused on films with distinct directorial voices. Also in the Viewfinders competish, a special jury prize went to Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s “Undefeated,” a movie about a Memphis high school football team, set for release by the Weinstein Company. In the New York-centric Metropolis section, the grand jury laurel went to Corinne van der Borch’s “Girl with Black Balloons,” about a reclusive artist living at the Chelsea Hotel. Special jury award went to Laura Brownson and Beth Levison’s “Lemon,” about spoken-word artist Lemon Andersen. Bess Kargman’s ballet-world doc “First Position,” picked up for release by Sundance Selects, nabbed the fest’s audience award. Winners list was announced at the fest’s spotlight gala screening of “The Island President,” which Samuel Goldwyn Films recently acquired for U.S. distribution. Nine-day festival kicked off Nov. 2 with a screening of Warner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss” and a sked of more than 100 screenings at IFC Center and NYU. This year’s outing runs through Nov. 10 with encore screenings of the prize-winning pics as well as boxer bio “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears.”